WARSAW – It was Home Sweet Home again Wednesday for Will Petro.
The WCHS senior to be posted his second straight outstanding round in the AJGA Stonehenge Junior Golf Open.
Petro, playing on his home course, followed up a fine round of 69 Tuesday with a three-under total of 68 Wednesday.
Petro, who helped coach Ben Barkey’s Warsaw squad win both sectional and regional championships at Stonehenge this past spring, sits just two shots off the lead going into the final round Thursday. Petro’s 137 has him tied for third place in the boys’ field.
The Stonehenge Junior Open, now in its third year, began Tuesday with 108 boys and 36 girls ages 12-18. The field features golfers from 18 different states, as well as Canada, China and Colombia.
Cameron Michalak of Orient, Ohio leads the boys’ field with a two-round total of 135. Michalak fired a 68 Wednesday, which included an eagle on No. 6 as he holed a shot from the rough from 158 yards out with a 9-iron.
Orion Yamat of Niles, Illinois sits in second place at 136. Petro is tied for third with Jens Verhey of Reno, Nevada and Trent Wallace of Joliet, Illinois at 137.
Danielle Nicholson of Geneva, Ohio leads the girls’ field at 143. Maria Vesga of Colombia is second at 145 and Julia Calbi of South Barrington, Illinois is third at 147.
A handful of area golfers, three boys and a pair of young ladies, made the cut Wednesday for the final round.
Michael Sharp of Kendallville sits in 10th place at 140 after rounds of 71-69. Also making the cut were Tyler Green of Columbia City at 143 and Callahan Elzey of Fort Wayne at 147.
Kari Belleville of Granger is tied for fourth place in the girls’ field at 148 after shooting 74 Wednesday. Jaycee Bunner of Fort Wayne is at 152.
Petro will carry the torch for the Tigers Thursday. Warsaw golfers Jonny Hollar, Josh Ahlersmeyer, Ryan Cultice, Brandon Eckert and Reid Cameron all failed to make the cut, which was at 148.
Hollar shot 76 Wednesday to finish at 150, while Cultice was at 159 after an 80 in his second round. Ahlersmeyer shot 83 Wednesday to finish at 160, while Eckert shot 83 to wrap up at 162 and Cameron 81 to finish at 174.
Other area players not making the cut were Michael Makris of South Bend (149), Michael Filler of Fort Wayne (151), Tyler Prentkowski of North Liberty (153) and Zach Gurtner of Bremen (154).
The complete results from Wednesday and the two-round standings can be found on the AJGA website.
The final round at Stonehenge begins Thursday at 7:30 a.m. The final group, which will include Warsaw’s Petro, begins play at 9:27 a.m.